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Coun­cil­lors back giv­ing pub­lic fi­nal say Brexit vote

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Nicola Find­lay

Call for a Peo­ple’s Vote on Brexit will be backed by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil af­ter a mo­tion from its sole Lib­eral Demo­crat won ap­proval.

It was pro­posed by Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown de­spite an amend­ment from Tory Group leader, Coun­cil­lor Alex Al­li­son, to re­ject it.

He hit out at the fact it was even al­lowed to be put be­fore the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee as ur­gent busi­ness, brand­ing it “sheer in­dul­gence” on the part of coun­cil leader, the SNP’s John Ross.

It comes af­ter the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment backed calls for a Peo­ple’s Vote on the fi­nal Brexit deal.

An amend­ment was also put for­ward by Labour Group leader, East Kil­bride Cen­tral North coun­cil­lor Joe Fa­gan, for the mo­tion to “call for a fresh Gen­eral Elec­tion and the op­tion of a Peo­ple’s Vote.”

How­ever, this lost out by eight votes to 12 in favour of Coun­cil­lor Brown’s mo­tion, which in­cludes an op­tion to re­main in the Euro­pean Union, and also “in­structs the chief ex­ec­u­tive to write Peo­ple’s Vote in 2016.

“This mat­ter is not ur­gent or of rel­e­vance to the coun­cil.”

But Coun­cil­lor Fa­gan said: “Coun­cil­lor Brown is cor­rect in say­ing the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in this coun­try has been tested to its lim­its in the months since the Brexit vote – and even since we were made aware of this item of ur­gent busi­ness, the sit­u­a­tion has evolved and will no doubt con­tinue to do so.

“We are be­ing told we have the choice of my deal or no deal by the Prime Min­is­ter, but ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing the First Min­is­ter, sees this is a false choice.

“It’s not a choice be­tween her deal or no deal – there are other op­tions we can ex­plore.

“And while I agree with the sen­ti­ment of Coun­cil­lor Brown’s mo­tion and the costs in­volved with Brexit I would pro­pose a slight amend­ment to re­flect the Labour po­si­tion...to keep a Peo­ple’s Vote on the table but call for a fresh Gen­eral Elec­tion.”

SNP coun­cil­lor Katie Louden, who rep­re­sents Cam­bus­lang East, said she “fully sup­ported the mo­tion” say­ing that Brexit would af­fect the coun­cil in ev­ery way, as well as the peo­ple of South La­nark­shire.

Brexit dayThe United King­dom is due to leave the Euro­pean Union on March 29 next year

Given back­ing Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Robert Brown’s Peo­ple’s Vote mo­tion was passed at meet­ing

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